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in denver. in just under three hours, president obama and governor romney will meet on the stage at the university of colorado in their first debate where tens and millions of americans watching at home. the debate will showcase two competing visions for america, two conflicting views of government, a clash of ideas about the kind of democracy we want. it could hardly be a more stark choice for the country. but this is also personal it's about two men and who are and how they will connect with the american people. no doubt about it, this is a big night. join me now, cynthia tucker and erin mcpike who covers the campaign for real clear politics. thank you both for coming on the show. >> thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> erin, let me go to you first. mitt romney is behind. what does he need to cover up? what does he need to do tonight? >> he needs to show, especially middle class voters, that he has a plan. we've already heard from the obama campaign that the president is likely to push mitt romney on specifics and in the past couple of days he has telegraphed that we might se
year showed that we need to. tavis: you reference present obama and governor romney. tomorrow night, wednesday, the first of these four debates, three between mr. romney and mr. obama. tomorrow is the first that we will see them on the same stage. in advance of that debate tomorrow night, yesterday in "the wall street journal" mr. romney had a piece. the piece was titled "a new course for the middle east," but he raises some domestic issues, . "in recent years, president obama has allowed our leadership to atrophy. our economy is stuck in a recovery that is clearly deserves the name. our national debt has risen to record levels. our military tested by a decade of war is facing cuts based to that -- thanks to the budgetary games played by the white house. our values have been misunderstood by a president who thinks that weakness will win favor with our adversaries. by failing to maintain the elements of our influence and by stepping away from our allies, president obama has heightened the prospect of conflict and instability. he does not understand that an american policy that lets r
. it's the faces of president obama and governor romney that have been depicted in a corn maze. guests are going to be able to make their pick by opening in the obama or romney entrance. voting will end on the election day. very unscientific poll. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is meteorologist bill karins who has your weather channel forecast. i'm exhausted. why did we think of doing this? terrible idea. >> yeah. i've never done a corn maze. i've never had any urge. the movie "children of the corn" never urged me. good morning, everyone. as far as the weather this morning, umbrellas are needed in many areas. we have a lot of locations that are dealing with wet weather, showers, thunderstorms. some of this in the drought areas that need it in the midwest. the white on the map is lots of clouds. kansas city all the way back heading back into areas of new england. all the green on the map is a little bit of rain. a little radar tour will show you where we're dealing with the heaviest of rain. from oklahoma starting to clear out a little bit. we had stronge
obama, governor romney do kick off the first of three presidential debates and cnbc will carry it live. our coverage begins at 8 p.m. eastern time. it's your money, your vote. sue? >>> ty, the financial crisis haunting america's biggest bank, jpmorgan being sued by new york attorney general eric schneiderman, claiming that the bear sterns business that jpmorgan took over in 2008 defraud mortgage bond investors a are. our senior correspondent scott cone has been working on the case. scott? >> sue, under the head nothing good deed goes unpunished, if how you characterize the takeover of bear stearns, the federal government for the $10 a shake jpmorgan got not only bear stearns' assets but liabilities, including, authorities say responsibility four some of the most egregious conduct in the financial crisis you churning out residential mortgages by the thousands, bundling them into what the firm told investors were quality securities, knowing all along many of the mortgages were duds a systemic fraud on thousands of investors, the lawsuit says, deceiving them about the fundamentally defect
it. >>> coming up next, governor romney investing prescott privas in china, not okay. president obama's stimulus plan reportedly sending u.s. tax dollars to china is okay? is this another case of hypocrisy. we report. you decide. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪ so let's talk about coverage. based on this chart, who would you choose ? wow. you guys take a minute. zon, hands down. i'm going to show you guys another chart. pretty obvious. i don't think color matters. pretty obvious. what'sretty obvious about it ? that verizon has the coverage. ve
the same level of specificity from president obama that they asked for from governor romney because president obama has failed to deliver a single budget. >> right. >> in four years. it's unbelievable actually. so forget the ryan budget. what's the obama budget? >> after lehrer asks your hypothetical he should play a clip of paul ryan in conversation with timothy geithner, secretary of the treasury. they had this great back and forth where geithner basically said, well, we know we don't like your plan. and we don't really have a plan of our own. and that's the difficulty the president's in, right? he can attack the ry budget all he wants, but those kids you're talking about they're graduating with a big overhang of, you know, debt and deficits as well to pay off down the road. >> and unemployment levels are at historic highs among youth today. >> the problem romney has is he says if i'm elected president i will do the following things. the problem is when he was governor he actually raised the debt to the highest level per capita at any place in america. he increased tuition. and he
8% since president obama took office. now governor romney is out saying his plan to overhaul our massive tax code will put more money back in your pocket, but will it work? hi, everybody. welcome to "forbes on fox." steve, what do you think of this romney tax plan? >> it increases take-home pay, middle class family, $2,000 extra in their take-home pay, and more importantly it reduces the price of doing work, being productive and taking risks. lowering that price, lowering tax rates. that's the way to get the economy going. worked for kennedy, for reagan, worked in the early part of the last decade. it will work again. >> we have to do something. since the recovery began, by the way, june 2009, household incomes are down 5.7%. that's since the recovery. when you're in a recovery, incomes are supposed to go up. >> yeah. what's disstressing and concerning is, at this point i don't know what governor romney has in mind. he's been saying all along he'll reduce taxes and shows up in ohio -- >> reducing tax rates. >> he shows up and says don't expect a huge tax cut, because what he's do
and basically, he started -- >> did president obama have that vulnerability. >> look, i governor romney speaks in perfect sound bites. i attended many of those republican debates. one thing that's very good at is turning a negative question, a question directed to him into a positive question. he's a very skillful debater. he's been in dress rehearsal for five years. i suspect that governor romney is going to come well prepared to put the president obama on edge. what will the president have to do early on is jump-start and make sure that governor romney never gets the ball back. >> other things working in governor romney's favor, challengers always do well in first debate. >> he really is prepared and he does speak in sound bites and he's very good at this. he'll do well. the key to a debate, if you want to see how it moves the american people is to turn off the sound, watch the mannerisms, it's not what they say, there may be a zinger and that could change things, it's not what they say but their mannerisms. the president has to avoid being irritable. governor romney will try to put him off-
"/marist poll looking i three key states. in new hampshire, president obama leads 51% to governor romney's 44%. and down in north carolina, the race a little closer with president obama at 48% and governor romney 46%. and out west in nevada, obama, 49%, romney, 47%. but while the president holds the overall edge, voters seem less sure as to which candidate would do a better job fixing the economy. in new hampshire, 49% believe that the president would do a better job than mitt romney. 46% believe that mitt romney would do a better job. in north carolina, 47% think that mitt romney's the man to fix the economy, slightly ahead of president obama there who's at 46%. and back out to nevada, 46% think that mitt romney will do a better job, and 47% in nevada think the president can better handle the problems in the economy. that's a question of particular interest in nevada, with of course the housing crisis being at its worst there and unemployment also being above the national average. so does mitt romney have time to make up the difference when it comes to the horse race? here's what nate silver
. >> obama: governor romney. >> romney: very substantial. >> blatantly dishonest answers. >> i've never been in a presidential debate like this. >> obama: who will have the zingers. >> romney: the $10,000 bet. >> no matter how many times they tell you they are he going start talking specifics really soon, they don't do it. >> it would take me too long to go through all of this now. >> the reason is because the math doesn't work. >> the devil is in the details. >> the devil is in the details. the angel is in the policy. >> why are you and romney losing? >> cenk: indeed, why are you losing? well, ladies and gentlemen it appears we got 'em. now last week i predicted that the race was over. but before that if you watch the show you know on set 19th i made a different prediction, not only would we believe that, but the republicans would believe it and act in accordance. we're going to count up, and we're going to find out how many days it will take before the republicans pull the chute and say, no, we're not putting any more money in the presidential race. we're shifting the money in the senate a
helping dozens of people helping escape the consulate. >>> right now president obama and governor romney are getting ready for this week's big battle. first presidential debate. our next guest says it's the last cans to make that first impression. governor romney needs to figure out how to appear aggressive but nice while the president needs to avoid missteps. john fund is co-author of "who is counting?" great to see you. i was going to ask you first. is it a question when it comes to a first debate of first impression, what is the impact? >> for the challenger in this case, mitt romney it's very important because a lot of american people have only seen soundbites of him. this is almost like a job application. the first time the american people are going to be able seeing mitt romney for 90 minutes straight. therefore, it's very important he make a good i am presenting. for the president. this is president that was elected on enormous upsurge, hope and change in 2008. economy the sour. he has to recapture that and explain to the american people why they should waited longer for hope and
edition of the news. >>> while president obama and governor romney are debating -- are going through debate preps, the running mates are out stomping for votes. vice president joe biden is campaigning today in north carolina. he's criticizing mitt romney for opposing policies that biden says would cut taxes for millionaires and race -- and raise them for for middle-class families. >> how they can justify this? raising taxes for the middle class that's been buried. how can they justify raising those taxes. >> ♪ >> the republican campaign has repeatedly said claims about romney's tax plan are falls. >> we have offered very specific progrowth solutions to get our economy in gear. we can have a dynamic progrowth economy that fosters independence and opportunity verses a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. >> paul ryan is stomping in iowa today before flying to virginia tonight. the wisconsin congressman is set to debate vice president joe biden next thursday in kentucky. >>> president obama has announced plans to visit kern county the monument of cesar chavez will be in keen wher
tested the lighting this afternoon at the university of denver. when president obama and governor mitt romney meet face to face tomorrow night it will be one of the very few times they've spent any quality time together. more on that and their strategies. >> reporter: flash back to 2008 and there they are. then senator barack obama and mitt romney sharing a few moments on stain after back to back democratic and republican presidential debates in new hampshire. they ran into each other at a labor day parade in 2007. these are just two of the three times men have seen each other in person. flash forward to 2012. romney briefly stopped for lunch. >> people want to know who's going to win, who is going to score the punches. >> reporter: president obama spent the day near las vegas where his rehearsal with senator john kerry. >> they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> reporter: at a rally in denver, romney seemed to down play reports his campaign has prepped him with zingers. >> it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themsel
on their debate skills. tonight's first showdown between presideet obama and governor romnee will focus on ddmestic issues... with heavy question counts and fumbles - - can be costly... and what &phapppns tonightt.. could decide what happens on nooember 6th. meanwhile... a just- released video of a 2007 speech by then presidential- ccndidate barack obama s stirring up controversy this morning.in tte video that was posted on the websiie "the daily caller"... president obama telll an audience of black ministers that the u-s government neglected hurricane katrina victims. victims. 2:10-2:43 whole srrck in florida they said... heres the money... because youre part of the american familywhat happened down in new orleans............ makes no sense... bullet hasnt been taken out.. the people ddwn innnew orleans ttey don't care about as much. much.obama later stttee the incompetence."the 40 minnte video was shoo innjune of 2007 at hampton university in associated press. obama supporters are now claimmnn the timing of the release is suspect. &pthere's a new head of f-b-- operations in balt
debate between president obama and governor romney. 9news now is teaming up with our sister paper "u.s.a. today" and beginning at 9:00 p.m., "u.s.a. today" reporters will be fact checking exactly what the candidates say. and you can watch the analysis live on our website wusa9.com. this morning "u.s.a. today" white house correspondent aamer talked with andrea roane about what we can expect. >> as far as substantively, i have a hard time believing there's going to be this huge big policy announced in a debate. that just doesn't happen. what's remembered about the debates are the small moments. you're likable enough, i knew john f. kennedy. >> again, you can watch the debate and get instant truth analysis from a team of "u.s.a. today" reporters live tomorrow night on wusa9.com. then at 11:00, derek mcginty will be at "u.s.a. today" headquarters for deeper analysis of the hits, the runs, the errors of the first presidential debate. >>> about 100 metro riders had to walk down a rain soaked broken escalator at dupont circle this morning. many were turned away because metro crews deemed th
, the candidates are focusing their attention on colorado. president barack obama and governor mitt romney are making final preparations for their first debate. tomorrow night's focus, domestic policy with a heavy emphasis on the economy and jobs. joe biden spent his day campaigning in north carolina and republican running mate is due to arrive in charlottesville, virginia, tonight. >>> in pennsylvania, a judge has blocked that state's voter id requirement from taking effect by this election day. the judge says he's not quite convinced that every voter would be able to get a valid id in time. republicans who support the new law says it is aimed at keeping people have voting more than once. democrats, however, argue that it's aimed at keeping the elderly and minorities from voting at all. >> wusa9 is your go to station tomorrow night for the debate. 9news is teaming up with u.s.a. today. beginning at 9:00 p.m., u.s.a. today reporters are fact checking what the candidates have to say. you can watch the analysis live at wusa9.com. this morning, u.s.a. today white house correspondent talked w
debates takes place in denver. president obama and governor mitt romney will take the stage to discuss domestic policies. >> reporter: the stage is built. the cameras are in place and the candidates are in their final hours of preparation. mitt romney took a break from his rehearsal to grab a burrito bowl at chipotle. president obama did some sightseeing with a visit to hoover dam. when they arrive at the university of denver tonight, they will face a lot of questions about the economy. there will be six segments 15- minutes each and the first three are devoted entirely to the economy. >> i want to repeal obama care and replace it with something that will get the cost under control. >> reporter: exactly how romney would replace the president's health care could be part of the fourth segment which is devoted to health care. the final to segments will cover the role of government and governing. with mitt romney and president obama in the final hours of preparing and holding mock debates, it's been less to the running mates to -- left to the running
obama during this debate and loses his cool. that's just who the guy is, i think. susan, did governor chris christie think he was helping mitt romney by saying that the debate would just be turning this race upside down? what do you think? >> i think chris christie was just being chris christie. while you're correct, a lot of people were dampening expectations, chris said what a lot of people are hoping and thinking. mitt romney delivers a vision with some specifics that people can grab on to and can turn this race around. the fact is things flip-flopped very, very quickly in the last two or three weeks. they can go back the other way. only if romney performs well. >> chris kofinis, do you believe that romney can turn this around as many months as he's had, one misstep after another, and by a wide margin, americans think president obama is going to win this debate and has the upper hand. what about expectations and what about the possibility of romney turning this around? what do you think? >> well, that's clearly their strategy. you have to love governor christie for raising expectat
indeed. one of your recent tweets is, if president obama mentions governor mitt romney's tax returns in tomorrow's debate, then governor romney should ask for president obama's college records and applications. you really think he should do ha? >> absolutely. i don't know that he will. i hope he does. maybe one of the mod raters will do t. it's a question that she we should know and an answer we should know. he is supposed to be the transparent president. he is the least transparent president in the history this country. many people have done it. many people have given those records and many presidents have given them. there would be nothing wrong with him going it. >> greta: suppose it's the modserator and president obama is just fine with the number of tax returns that governor rom romney has turned over and it's the modserator, jim lehrer, who says tdo you want governor romney to blurt out, i want to see his college records? >> i don't know if they are going to be just fine f. he knew he had to do this, he would be just fine f. president obama knew he had to give these records and
: suppose it's the modserator and president obama is just fine with the number of tax returns that governor rom romney has turned over and it's the modserator, jim lehrer, who says tdo you want governor romney to blurt out, i want to see his college records? >> i don't know if they are going to be just fine f. he knew he had to do this, he would be just fine f. president obama knew he had to give these records and application, i think he would never mention the word tax return. they have gone after mitt romney to a fair 3 well f. it were me, i would say, i will give all the returns you want, let's see your passport records, your college records and let's see your college applications. that would be one of the great trade it's ever! >> greta: what do you expect to see? if you saw mine, you will would see i had a really rough time with anthropology and a few other courses? >> the applications would be very, very revealing from three different colleges and i think would be very repealing. don't forget, when he wrote a book, a number of years ago, on the cover of the book, given by him, it said
contentious issues dividing president obama and governor romney, what to do with million of illegal immigrants living, studying and working in america. next hour another issue, illegal immigration. >>> u.s. officials confirm that the government's chemical weapons are on the move and the opposition claims to have captured some. >>> plus, three fishermen are rescued in the gulf of mexico when their boat overturned and, yes, it is all caught on tape. ♪ [ male announcer ] its lightweight construction makes it nimble... ♪ its road gripping performance makes it a cadillac. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with advanced haldex all-wheel drive. [ engine revving ] it's bringing the future forward. >>> check president klaus is recovering. a man arm aed with a help rucugun fired plastic pellets at him. the czech leader was taken to the hospital with reported bruises, but no injuries. the suspect is in custody. >>> a former butler is on trial today at the vatican. he is accused of leaking hundreds of pages from the pontiff to an italian journalist. he could spend up to eight years in pr
. president barack obama and governor mitt romney both in marathon training sessions. their wives and running mates carrying the banners today with mixed results. 35 days to go. "your voice, your vote." our political team is back. abc's jake tapper and abc's david muir inside the debate hall right now. covering it all. jake starts us off. >> reporter: good evening, diane. the two candidates largely kept to themselves today. leaving the hard work of campaigning to their surrogates. who hit the campaign trail in a fever pitch. not always staying on message. in battleground state north carolina, the vice president tried to assail the republican ticket, but he did so in way that brought fire upon himself. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: paul ryan pounced. >> vice president biden, just today, said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. [ applause ] >> reporter: the vice presid
-off at the university of denver, both candidates are hunkering down. president obama in vegas. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. >> mitt romney releasing this op-ed about foreign-policy. >> they're trying to be as real as possible. mitt romney has been wearing a suit and tie. trying to get those answers crisp and appealing. >> the republican nominee trailing the president in a new battleground poll. >> obama has the upper hand, but it is close enough that with a strong performance on wednesday, he could take the lead in the national polls. >> in washington post poll shows the majority of voters think the president will win wednesday's debate even though the race remains tight. >> you have a very close election nationally, obama does have the edge in the key swing states. >> some of the reasons for the disparity. >> there's so much voter bloc and. many people have made up their minds. -- lock-in. many people have made up their minds. >> obama has an 11-point lead in swing states. >> metv is coming to wbal +. the network features a wide range of classic programs for all audiences.
a punch, but can you take it? and that's what's going to be a challenge to president obama and governor romney. will romney be able to get underneath president obama's skin? will president obama really put governor romney in a place where he can't come out of? can he box him in? i don't think it's going to be who delivers the zingers but who takes the punches better. >> chris, final lip, the demeanor of mitt romney. what are we going to see? during the primary debates, we saw him lose his cool a couple times. we saw him get a little emotional. as you said earlier, just a moment ago, he'll stick his foot in his mouth. but isn't demeanor and presidential attitude and presentation going to be so much more important in this it debate than a republican primary debate? your thoughts on that? >> absolutely. if you look back at the history of presidential debates it's not just something that the candidate says that matters. it's also what they do. everyone remembers that infamous moment where president bush sr. looked at his watch during the town hall debate and defined who e he was. and so for
it takes to get this economy going. >> shepard: president obama and governor romney each back in the buckeye state with just days to go until the first votes are cast. and ♪ ♪ moon river ♪ wider than a mile. >> shepard: tonight, saying good by to the legendary crooner andy williams. first from fox this wednesday night the president of iran is back in the country he says the united states is in cahoots with the devil and israelis are uncivillized. now the world is reacting to mahmoud ahmadinejad's latest anti-west rhetoric today at the united nations. the president of ahmadinejad took the podium at the u.n. general assembly and while his speech was not as fiery as some of those in the past, he still did say his vision of the world's future does not include the united states or israel. listen. >> the koran -- situation of the world better incident of history humanely iran's management of the world and the self-proclaim sensors of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil. >> shepard: just yesterday the iranian president called israel a fake regime that needs to be e
president obama with a slight lead over governor mitt romney. as history shows the late september leads doesn't mean a win in november. mike emanuel explains. >> polls go up and down. >> history shows that late september leads can evaporate by election day. in 1968 hubert humphrey was down 15 points. nixon won it was less than 1 percent. in 1976, jimmy carter had a 33-point lead over gerald ford. three debates, ford had cut the lead to 5 points and led in the final polls and narrowly lost. jamie carter had a consistent advantage over ronald reagan but the final presidential debate changed everything leading to a reagan landslide. now he is building a lead in key battleground states, a consultant who worked for jimmy carter, finding the right sample to survey can be tricky. >> we know from exit polls that republicans tend to respond to these polls less than oftentimes particularly to news organizations less than do democrats. >> reporter: in. >> julie: 8 there was a huge swing. dukakis lost to bush. in 1992 incumbent president was down nine points in mid-september and was tied with bill
or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunk eering down, cramming for e big debate. what are the secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter, a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land urn strannd strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose. passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and so people were essentially on the laps of
outspending governor romney and that is one of the reasons why obama is doing as well as he is in all the swing states. martha: what do you think about that, monica? >> well, that could be true. nobody really knows quite yet but it also, we could be witnessing the opposite effect. in other words these polls could be motivating a republican donors and the motivating republican base and independent voters now we believe we have to work that much harder. so while i do think that the enthusiasm gap does advantage republicans, if they take the polls at face value you will actually see a greater enthusiasm gap. if they believe they are that far behind they will come out in droves and actually i think money will start to flow in earnest. martha: it is interesting. article reading other day about the carter-reagan election, it outlined 10 articles written in 10 different states, most of them battleground states even then and it showed all of these articles that were written about how carter was way ahead. carter was way ahead across the board in all places. history is always sort of a good wa
by installing cameras. that will not work. have a great night. >> good evening. president obama and governor romney meeting on stage for the first presidential debate of 2012. despite the best efforts stations is running high. tonight trends out to be the culmination of weeks of verbal sparring between the campaigns and conflict and contradiction within the of -- obamacare pain itself. robert and stephanie better contradicted each other this morning low trying to defend and diminish the impact of vice president joe biden three marks. telling reporters the middle-class has been buried over the last four years not even aware obama was leading the nation and robert gibbs said he was referring to damage the bush had caused. >> we had eight years of terrific decisions, wall street rate teeing its own rules that took place four years ago of which we had to dig out from each day. be clear. the middle-class was buried for a lot longer than we were dealing with bad economic decisions. lou: stephanie cutter contradicted trying to spin them out of the last four years telling another network we're absol
. >> will president obama be rusty? or, can he break the race wide open? we'll ask our headliners. new jersey governor chris christie and the president's senior adviser david plouffe. and our powerhouse roundtable. squaring off, former party chairs haley barbour and howard dean. plus, matthew dowd, donna brazile and maggie haberman of politico. >>> hello again. we're heading into the home stretch of this campaign. just 37 days before the final votes, with all eyes on this week's first debate. the candidates are hunkering down in debate camp. our guests are ready to weigh in on where the race stands. what to expect wednesday? white house adviser david plouffe standing by for the president. but let's begin with the romney camp, and the man who kicked off the republican convention last month, new jersey governor chris christie. good morning. >> good morning, george. >> since the convention, romney has fallen behind in the battlegrounds. new polls out this morning, ohio and iowa, behind in both. governor romney has to shake things up wednesday night. doesn't he? >> he's going to, i mean, every time mitt r
obama or governor romney, that we are going to get a deal. we are going to address the fiskital cliff. we are going to raise the treasury debt ceiling and make progress towards fiscal sustainability. if we do those things,ening what's going on in the private sector will begin to shine through, and this economy is off and running. >> the problem is you don't know. >> schieffer: let me just interject here in case there is somebody who doesn't know what the fiscal crisis is. there are these automatic cuts in the budget going into effect on january 1 if the congress cannot find some way to come together-- >> it's automatic tax increases and you look at the numbers and i'm sure-- if these things happen, you are going to have a government-created recession. >recession. >> schieffer: what do you think, newt gingrich? do you think the democrat and republicans will be able to get together after the election? because that seems to be the only chance that this might happen in order-- >> that will depend a lot-- whoever wins the election has to spend the first 60 days prior to being sworn in reac
. the polls are very close. our latest fox news poll shows president obama leading governor romney by 5 points. but will wednesday's showdown be a game changer? we have a panel here. thank you for joining us. >> good to be here. >> we talked about the fact that the campaigns, both sides have been managing expectations. i want to ask you, governor christie was pretty bold this morning, saying it will turn the race upside down and romney will come out of the gate, charging. that's the first person we have heard saying, he will do a great job? what do you make about if? >> i wonder if he will get a call from boston. that's not what the romney campaign or the obama campaign has been doing. if anything, they have been saying nice things about their opponent. this is one of the only times you will she happen. have you president obama saying mitt romney is an experienced debater. he has been through this many times. and romney's campaign is saying obama gione of the best speakers to walk the earth, ever. >> we talked about this earlier, talking about biden's sharp special witty. even the number twos
and now independent and he does support president obama. governor, good to see you. to carl's point as well as lynn's and let's talk about this selection of paul ryan. you come from a state obviously with a very large older population, key voting bloc. they vote in big percentages. did he buy into, my choosing ryan, the medicare plan which now in every swing state shows not just that people favor president obama's approach but they favor it by double digits. this isn't even close. >> it's pretty stunning. i think the selection did make that a crystal clear choice between these two candidates. what's happening in florida, the latest poll has a nine-point advantage for president obama. and i think a large part of the reason is due to the medicare and social security issue. but i really think it comes down to something that carl was just talking about. this tape that was done of candidate romney when he was at the fund-raiser was extremely revealing and now has become terribly devastating to the romney campaign. and what it shows is, i think, a callousness and an attitude toward 47% of
presidential debate of 2012 between president obama and governor romney. my panelists here with me are governor eliot spitzer, host of "viewpoint"; cenk uygur, the host and founder of "the young turks"; governor jennifer grandholm, two-time governor of michigan, and the star of the recent democratic convention >> jennifer: you say that to all of the governors. [ laughter ] >> al gore: no. and host of "the war room," and comedian and political commentator, john fugelsang. we are here covering the debate. you'll see the stage in denver there. you see all of their supporters and friends and the folks who are gathered in the denver area for this debate. milling around waiting for the event to start. here on current, we're going to do something different from what the other networks are doing. we're in a new era now. i'm going to ask cenk uygur to tell you how social media plays into our coverage and the difference it makes in politics in this day and time. >> cenk: absolutely. i'm really looking forward to this debate. you are going to see all of the tweets and g
-to-head debates in a general election format. that's been president obama. governor romney hasn't. >> reporter: during the primaries romney demonstrated he can stumble. as he did trying to bet rick perry big money at one debate. >> rick, i'll tell you what, $10,000? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: but romney is no debate lightweight here taking down newt gingrich's idea for a moon colony in florida. >> if i had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, i'd say you're fired. >> reporter: while romney stays behind closed doors, he's fine tuning his message softening his position on immigration. allowing the children of undocumented workers to stay in the country until immigration reform is passed. he's also out with a tough new ad linking president obama to former house speaker nancy pelosi. >> who will raise taxes on the middle class? barack obama and the liberals already have. >> reporter: fresh ammunition for tomorrow night's debate at an event earlier today in charlotte, north carolina, wolf, biden said how can the romne
for the ongoing war. >>> first, you've seen had them in obama campaign adds targeting governor romney. now former workers from bain are stumping for the president ahead of wednesday's first debate. i'll speak to one of them next. as always join in our conversation. find us on twitter @thomas a. roberts. or get the yard ready for cool an energy weather?n to size? the answer? a lot less. the great american fix-up is going on now... ...with new projects every week and big savings every day. so you can do what needs to be done. today. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now, owens corning ecotouch attik insulation is only $11.87 a roll. but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air - by monitoring air quality and reducing emissions... ...protect water - through conservation and self-contained recycling systems... ... and protect land - by reducing our footprint and respecting wildlife. america's natural gas... domestic, abundant, clean energy to p
for governor romney. even if he has a good performance. i think with president obama, the challenge for him to, again, short answers kwb to the point. stay personable as we've seen him on the campaign trail. and call romney out on all the untruths, i'll say that kindly, that we've heard on the campaign trail. >> the one thing, perry, as karen talks about the romney campaign may have taken one step forward then two steps back at times. october certainly needs to be a stronger month than the last three months we've seen out of that campaign. the romney campaign, the people for them say they've been working on his zingers. so that he can come off with some quick punches on that stage. is romney, though, in that better position to come off as a challenger and the underdog because of the way his campaign has gone so far. >> well, he's going to be -- he's got to overperform. that said, when the president is ahead, the president has a substantial lead right now. romney has to get people to change their minds from president obama. so it's not just about having the zinger. it's about really changing pe
candidates campaigning across the battleground state of virginia. governor romney in springfield, mr. obama in virginia beach. it is the third time in a week they are both hitting the same stage. shane deapril is the editor of campaigns and elections magazine. democrats are pretty confident about virginia this time. should they be, shane? >> we've seen some dueling polls out of virginia. there are some that show the president with a clear lead. some show the contest quite a bit tighter. but i think what you're seeing with amount of time both campaigns are spending in virginia it is such a key state when it comes to the electoral college calculation for both campaigns. essentially in my sort of electoral college predictor i have president obama at 237 electoral votes right now. so that means the three really big swing states, ohio, virginia, and florida, they could be really killers for mitt romney if he can't find a way to wrestle two of those away from president obama. if the president manages to get florida and virginia in his column, he is over the top of 270 electoral votes. if he manag
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. >> the governor aides say -- the obama camp will focus on the economy, taxes and the deficit and will hit romney hard on the idea that bill clinton has been making and made at the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina, it does not add up when you look at the romney campaign. >> he will say he will cut the deficit. please! he wants $2 trillion in new defense spending that the pentagon did not ask for and he will not saw how he will pay for the tax cut for the wealthy. >>reporter: president obama said he would cut the deficit in half this four years. that has not happened. he is vulnerable on a lot of the key issues. that will be a big part of this face off tonight. >>shepard: thank you, ed henry. as governor romney finishes the debate preparations in the city they are hitting his opponent over the comments from vice president biden. the romney camp calling the remarks about the middle class a stunning admission much he is a spokesman early here on fox news. >> we cannot afford four more years like the last four years we have seen under this president. his own vice president
understand where president obama and governor romney stand on the big issues. today we'll tackle an issue important to many americans, gun control. >> nibble the second amendment. i believe in people's lawful right to bear arms. >> i will protect the second amendment rights of american people. >> reporter: both sides stick to language in the constitution with president obama attempting to pacify critics from the national rifle association. >> i will not take your shotgun away. i will not take your rifle away. i won't take your handgun away. >> reporter: the fact he hasn't even tried doesn't placate the nra, with continued unsubstantiated warnings that began back in 2008. >> all that first-term lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the second amendment during his second term. >> reporter: romney has been actively cultivating the nra, speaking at this year's intention. it's a swift for the ones tough-on-guns governor. consider the assault weapons ban, president obama is a yes with an asterisk. mr. romne
to the 2012 debates between barack obama, the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate in the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues that will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15 minute segment with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections. and for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments as i announced in a van will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government and governing, with an emphasis throughout the difference is, specific century says. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, boos,
: employers will tell you it's hard to find skilled workers. and both president obama and governor romney agree we need more effective programs to help people develop the skills to handle high-wage jobs. president obama is backing an $8 billion fund to help community colleges connect with businesses on workforce development. >> we've got to train our workers to fill good jobs. let's help give two million workers the chance to learn the skills they need at community colleges that will lead directly to a job. >> reporter: but government auditors report most federal job-training programs have not done the expensive studies needed to determine whether or not they are effective. and those that have done impact studies find only small or short-term benefits from job training. >> which i think is remarkable that, after five decades, that the main federal auditor, the g.a.o., can't really find that these programs work really well at all. >> reporter: but governor romney still talks up job training. he backs personal reemployment accounts that workers can use to find training and job counseling. a
between president obama and governor mitt romn. >>> dvr sanjay gupta looking at the health care plan of president obama and mitt romney. >> reporter: since president obama's health care law was enacted 3.1 million penal under the age of 26 are now covered under their parents plan. seniors in particular have benefitted on prescription drugs. >> seniors who fall in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole will start getting some help. they'll receive $250 to help pay for prescriptions and that will in time fill in the doughnut hole. >> reporter: 5.5 million seasons have saved $4.5 billion prescription drugs since the law was enacted. >> i have strengthened medicare, we have added years to the life of medicare, we did it business getting rid of taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies that weren't making people healthy. >> reporter: by 2017, the law requires everyone to have health insurance, whether they purchase it themselves or through employers and insurance companies can't deny you if you have a pre-exiexisting conditio. >> but the supreme court ruled in june that it was up to
distinction between his policies and those of president obama. listen. >> what does governor romney need to do wednesday night in that first debate? >> he needs to give american people the choice we are offering. that is what we are doing. we owe the country a very clear choice of a different future. we can either have a dynamic growing economy that produces opportunity or we can have a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. we can stick with failed policies for the next four years or brighter future. dependency versus opportunity versus upper mobility. >> heather: let's bring alex us any gill johnson and nancy, president of media speak strategies and former senior advisor spokesperson to john mccain. thank you for joug us. nancy i want to begin with you. for six months they said this campaign is a referendum on president obama's record. now you heard paul ryan saying in his interview with chris that it's about choice. do you see this as a shift in strategy for the romney campaign and if so, is that why? >> i think it's right and proper for both candidates to offer americans a clear vision
will come next wednesday in denver when he confronts mr. obama in the first debate. the governor it's the only debate. he must win or he will not recover. he has to show that he cares about the folks and that his expertise can return the nation to prosperity while more of barack obama would be a disaster. quite a challenge for romney. the media is heavily rooting for his opponent. the folks are generally fair and they will be watching. whether it's lifetime or after the fact on the net and the folks will make up their own minds. so the governor does chance as the drama builds. and that's the memo. next on the run down, lou dobbs will respond. also ahead this evening a devastating "saturday night live" impression of the president. >> remember that movie, the sixth sense? [ laughter ] i'm like the kid in that movie. [ laughter ] i see employed people. [ laughter ] >> bill: we'll be back in a moment. american people, that's one of the most confounds parts of all of this is this race between romney and the president. is that the polls reflect just as you said, what you are showing there
's debate. more importantly, this is a stage where president obama and governor mitt romney will hopefully define their positions on the key domestic issues facing our nation. that's what's on the agenda for this debate tonight; jobs, the economy, health care. but first, a new distraction for the obama campaign during a critical week. it comes in the form of a video released by "the daily caller" of then-presidential candidate barack obama back in 2007. in it he speaks to a group mostly made up of black pastors. his speech got some coverage at the time he delivered it, but his prepared remarks did not include some of the off-the-cuff, off-prompter moments, if you will, alluding to alleged racism to hurricane katrina and spending decisions made by our elected leaders. our chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live in washington with more. mike? >> reporter: hi, megyn. the tone has attracted some attention with then-candidate obama sounding different as he spoke to a large group of african-american religious leaders in virginia. one major topic was mr. obama trying to contrast th
the battleground states. yesterday they were in ohio, president obama talking about the idea that governor romney promised details on his tax plan, economic plan, but hasn't been able to deliver on those details at this point. governor romney is talking with the details because they will figure it out. governor romney today pounced on the lower gdp figures of 1.3%. reinforcing his idea, his argument this country can't afford another four years of president obama and that he, romney, with a five-point jobs plan has the right prescription for economic growth. here's what he said. speak of those five things i describe will get america's economy going again. will help people find jobs who need those jobs. we'll get take-home pay to go up again. this is not a mystery, we know how to do it, america has faced challenges before when we have strong leaders. and we have people who know how to lead and where to lead, and im and we will. >> governor romney has had a subtle shift in the future of what this country would look like under a romney administration. he had been making this a referendum on obama, no
governor romney. before that, senior obama campaign advisor david axelrod. each has been working as though the entire campaign depends on what happens in next week's debate. the question is will it? we will talk about that in a moment. first, one indisputable truth, debates can make history. >> i have been -- >> september 26, 1960. the first televised presidential debate, signaling a new era where appearances matter more than ever and gaffes, however small, are magnified. >> the goals are the same for all americans. >> john f. kennedy, a young senator from massachusetts, facing off against vice president richard nixon, who is known to be a fierce debater. but on screen, kennedy looks cool and calm, while nixon looks uncomfortable, sweating profusely under the hot studio lights. nixon flounders under the glare of television for all four debates. kennedy goes on to win the election. in 1976, president gerald ford makes this blunder in his debate with georgia govern oor jimmy carter. >> there is no soviet domination of eastern europe and there never will be under a ford administration. >> i'm
the debate and of course, the election. both president obama and governor romney are seasoned debaters, and experts say neither are prone to making major gaffes. but if there is one thing that history has taught us, when it comes to presidential debates, expect the unexpected. joining us now to talk about the moments and debate magic yet to come, republican consultant romney 2008 campaign advisor, alex castellanos and donna brazile. a lot of folks are saying these debates are do or die for romney. donna, do you agree? >> absolutely. first impression is very, very important. mitt romney had several opportunities to change the trajectory of the campaign, his selection of a running mate, paul ryan, got a small bounce. the convention speech didn't get any bounce, and now the first debate. this is like the first night on broadway. there will be more voters tuning in, they will be looking at his performance and if he comes across as somebody who is credible, who is up to the task, he might get another bounce out of it. >> aren't undecided voters the least likely to tune into the debates? gal
obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see the candidates side by side in what many say is a make-or-break opportunity for governor romney to try to narrow that gap in the polls. tonight both sides in debate prep, both sides trying to lower expectations, but there was a notable exception that one of romney's top supporters predicted on abc's "this week." it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley starts us off tonight in washington. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church, but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers. it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate, and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's "this week." >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well, so i have absolute confidence that when we get to thursday morning, george, all of you are going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campaign script. they're trying to lower expectatio
's right. not a democratic senator for two years has voted for an obama budget. not one. >> greta: governor, as always, nice to see you, sir. >> thank you, greta. >> greta: coming up, andrew brightbart's final film is out. it's explosive. and also governor chris christie ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serving the needs of americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help cover some of
think of all of this? >> on to the presidential race time to look who is talking president obama and governor mitt romney set to face off for the first time tomorrow at the presidential debate in denver. >> charles krauthammer talking about mitt romney's strategy on special report last night. what can romney do to come out on top? here is his take. >> romney did well in his debates. he got better he has done a lot of them. people are saying obama hasn't debated for a long time. he came out of nowhere beat the clinton machine. i think he is going to be strong. i think his one weak point is that he is thin skinned. if romney can manage to get under his skin in some way i think that actually happened in 08 one or two of the clinton debates. i think it could sort of puncture that aura as that obama had. i don't think there is any way you could be decisive. one thing that will help romney is always true of the challenger just being on the same stage as the president instantly raises your stature. i think if he can hold his own and perhaps prevail even to a minor extent he will reverse
president obama and governor romney stayed out of the spotlight. instead, preparing for their debate. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and other nut products to major chains. some of the brand names include target's archer farms, safe waive open nature and fresh and easy. also on the list are nature valley, earthbalance and serious food. the recall first began after some people started ge
are approaching it with cautious optimism. >> president baa rack obama and governor mitt romney their first of three show downs. this week the debate will focus on domestic policy with a heavy emphasis on the economy. romney says it's not about who comes out on top. >> in my view it's not so much winning or losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to de scribe the bathway forward for america that we would choose. >> while the president is confident he's not underestimating the competition. >> gofrper romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> romney may have an advantage. during the primaries, he participated in several debates. this time around he's been gearing up for one-on-one face offs. >> just getting used and tarlying the questions back and forth how the single moderator is going to be controlling the debate between two candidates. >> obama has not debated since the 2008 campaign. senator john kerly is helping the opponents prepare when the jam packed presidential schedul
than a year now. now it's time to debate face-to-face. a live report from denver as president obama and governor romney prepare to square off. >>> and a rough day for hewlett-packard. what ceo meg whitman said that scared investors. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. this time yesterday we had 107 in gilroy. today temperatures starting to drop. a lot more comfortable outside, with anywhere from 78 in san jose to 86 in livermore. we're going to talk more about this temperature trend and some big-time changes for your weekend. even our next chance of showers in just a few minutes. >>> 50 minutes and counting. the first debate of the 2012 race for the white house starts at the top of the hour. tonight's theme domestic policy. the 90-minute debate will be divided into six timed segments of approximately 15 minutes each. president obama will get the first question, and mitt romney will get the last word. for the very latest, let's check in with nbc's steve handelsman live at the university of denver. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, tha
hearing about this debate for months and months and months now. president obama and governor romney have been practicing their paints and their counter points with debate partners. both camps have been sort of downplaying expectations by talking up their opponents. what happens tonight could change the momentum of the presidential race. preparations are under way for tonight's first presidential election debate in colorado. the showdown between president obama and republican candidate mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. up like debates in the past, organizes say this event will be a little different. >> so what is different about the format is that we are dividing the hour and a half debate into six discussion segments. we think that those extended discussion periods will help the viewers around the world really get a sense of the candidates' views on the key issue. >> reporter: the economy is a key issue on the campaign trail but since colorado is one of the few states that appears to be weathering the national economic downturn, some won't be voting with their pock
, president barack obama and governor mitt romney have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together and none like this. the incumbent president and the challenger on stage tonight in denver. and to set the stage for that, our political team beginning with peter alexander who covers the romney campaign for nbc news. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. after all the hype and spin, this is where the debate will finally take place. let's give you a quick show around. they'll shake hands in the middle. the president will stand at the podium on the right, mitt romney at the podium on the left. this debate is separated into six 15-minute segments focusing heavily on the economy. touching down in denver this afternoon, president obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney reviewed in private relaxing with his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. >> i believe that the 21st century can be bett
president obama and governor mitt romney. domestic policy will be the theme in denver and we here at wusa9 are your go to debate station wednesday night. if you just want the facts and no spin. 9 news now is teaming up with our sister paper usa today and starting at 9 p.m. on our website we will be fact checking what the candidates say. we will also live stream the debate. so make sure your television is turned to channel 9 to watch the debate when it starts at 9:00 and then log onto www.wusa9.com for live checking at the same time. we're doing fact checking in realtime. then 9 news now at 11:00. we'll have the most comprehensive and accurate debate coverage. so we've got a lot going on this week, but let's start. let's not get ahead of ourselves. >> wouldn't it be cool if they had a fact checker actually at the debate. >> that would be interesting. >> probably not going to happen. >> we don't have to check your facts. we know it's raining a little at nationals park. >> nothing heavy, not a huge deal, but before we get to that take time to look at this video. this is really incredible vide
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